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Volume 52, Number 33   May 9, 2005         

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This Week
Planetarium shows

The campus community is invited to free performances of the student-created planetarium show "Colors from Space" from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 12:15 to 12:55 p.m. Thursday in the Charles Hagar Planetarium, room 422 of Thornton Hall.

Choral concerts
The SFSU Chamber Singers and University Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lakeside Presbyterian Church (Eucalyptus Drive at
19th Avenue). Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. The program includes selections from Copland, Debussy, Verdi and Bernstein.

Running at 61

Annabel Marsh, who accomplished a cross-country run at the age of 61, will share her story and photos a 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Sixty Plus Club.

Celebrate study
abroad students

The campus community is invited to join the Office of International Programs (OIP) at a reception in honor of students selected to study abroad via CSU International
Programs and SFSU Bilateral Exchange Programs. The reception takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Members of the San Francisco Consular Corps will be also be in attendance.

R.S.V.P. to OIP at or ext. 8-1293.

Jewish feminisms

Kitty Millet, assistant professor of Jewish studies, will present "Cryptic Jewish Feminisms: Some Contrasts between Latin American and German Aesthetics" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 386 of the Humanities building.

This is the final lecture in the Women Studies Department's spring series. For details, call ext. 8-1388.

Graduate student showcase
The campus community is invited to the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in room 100 of the Gym. The event showcases creative work and research projects accomplished by graduate students from a variety of disciplines. A reception follows the event in room 147.

Graduate program advisers from Stanford and the Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Cruz campuses of the University of California will be on hand.

For details, contact Deborah Briese at or ext. 8-2232.

Health disparities seminar

Laurie Schaffner, professor of sociology at University of Illinois, Chicago, will present "The Complainer's List: Healing Girls in Juvenile Detention" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, in room C-114 of the Student Center.
The event is part of spring health disparities seminar series and is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

U Club farewell
The University Club Board of Directors invites the campus community to a farewell celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the University Club. The event includes a brief program, hors d'oeuvres, wine and music. The U Club closes for business Friday, June 3.

For details, contact Jan Andreasen at or Darlene Yee at:

Coming Up
Lee Mallory
memorial rescheduled

The memorial concert in honor of singer/songwriter Lee Mallory has been rescheduled. It will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Depot of the Student Center.

UBC meets
University Budget Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 24, in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

Honor retiring faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration held from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the University Club.

University Club sale
The campus community is invited to a farewell sale from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the University Club. Items are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchasers should make their own arrangements to move items out of the club. For details, contact David Apelt at or Darlene Yee at:

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Ben Fong-Torres keynotes Commencement

Author and journalist Ben Fong-Torres will be the keynote speaker at SFSU's 104th Commencement at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

For the past four decades, Fong-Torres has interviewed hundreds of world-famous musicians and actors for stories that have appeared in Rolling Stone and other magazines and newspapers. The 1966 SF State radio-television-film graduate has also been part of Bay Area radio with his programs on KSAN and KQED as well as appearances on local television stations.

His memoir, "The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese-American -- From Number Two Son to Rock 'n' Roll," was published in 1992 and received rave reviews. Today he continues to freelance for a variety of newspapers and magazines and emcee community events.

He was SFSU's 2003 Alumnus of the Year.

For details on Commencement, visit:

CampusMemo survey
The campus community is invited to take a short (seven question) survey that will help CampusMemo better understand how to serve its readers. The survey can be completed online at:

Print versions of the survey will also be distributed to campus mailboxes this week for those who prefer to use pen and paper.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a proposed academic calendar for 2006-07; a proposed revision to the clinical lab science internship; a resolution thanking and commending departing 2004-05 academic senators; the election of senate officers for 2005-06; and a resolution on the summer Senate.

Computer science students can study in Germany
The College of Science and Engineering recently signed its first bilateral agreement with a foreign university, making it possible for SFSU computer science students to study at University of Fulda in Fulda, Germany.

The partnership, which aims at giving students the opportunity to enhance skills and experience for working in the global economy, was championed by Arno Puder, assistant professor of computer science, and Rainer Totenhoefer, professor of computer science at the University of Fulda.

All SFSU computer science students in good standing are eligible for consideration. German language skills are not necessary because required courses are taught in English.

For details, contact Puder at:

Grants & Contracts
SFSU was awarded an additional $222,845 in January, an additional $9,352,733 in February, $4,599,704 in March and $57,537 in the first part of April. Awards include a grant to Isabel Thuy Pelaud, assistant professor of Asian American studies, to study Vietnamese American and French Vietnamese narratives; a grant to Toby Garfield, associate professor of geosciences, for observation of Northern California coastal currents; and a grant to Ellen Hines, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies, to work on updating the national wetlands map.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Commencement line-up for faculty
Faculty members participating in the Saturday, May 28, Commencement ceremony should line up no later than 12:15 p.m. next to the Student Services building (the north side of the Centennial Village roadway). This will guarantee a seat in the staging area.

For details, contact Norma Urcuyo-Siani at or ext. 8-6141.

CampusMemo schedule
There are two remaining issues of CampusMemo -- May 16 and 23 -- this academic year. As always, the deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Tuesday of the week preceding publication. E-mail items to or fax to ext. 8-1498.

During the summer, CampusMemo editions will be published June 20 and July 18. It resumes weekly publication Aug. 22. For details, call ext. 8-1665.

The campus community is also encouraged to submit items to the SFSU Web event calendar. Fill out the online form at:

Notes from the March Conference on Internationalization are available on the Office of International Programs Web site (Adobe Acrobat required):

The All-University Committee on International Programs (AUCIP) invites the campus community's input on how to implement the objectives and strategies discussed at the conference.

E-mail comments to Miriam Smith at, Kati Bell at, or contact a college AUCIP representative.

Book sale
The Friends of the Library is holding a clearance sale through May 27 in room 113 of the HSS building.

Defensive driving
Defensive driver training courses will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 6. The classes will be held in the Plant Operations Training Room in the Corporation Yard. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To make a reservation, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449.

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